Each week, here at Connecticut Country House – something’s in bloom. (Love it and so in my element.) This week, the back path to the house (which happens to be the main path) has been in full bloom with white Azaleas.  There are other Azalea shrubs scattered on the property (most planted a long time…

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“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is not what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955) I love the sea.  And this wonderful old quote always reminds me of just how much stronger we are than we think we are. Happy Thursday and a very Happy Birthday to my…

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As usual, this time of year (honestly, I think it’s more like all year) my obsession with flowering plants is truly that – an obsession.  I find it impossible not to quickly survey the newest arrivals upon entering my favorite grocery store.  My latest acquisition – white Marguerite Daisies. Potting up these beauties, it’s all…

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Love grilled Asparagus.  Especially when it’s in season this time of year.  When I’m at the market and spy bunches of really thin young spears (which I love the taste of the best) – I immediately know that that rubber-banded bunch of goodness will be dictating the main course that night.  A perfect marriage to…

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All antique weathervanes point to Brimfield this week.  That’s right – the Grand Pubah, the Grand Dame, the Head Honcho of antique shows – the Brimfield Antique Show really is the biggest outdoor antiques show in the world (and that’s a fact) kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th and packs it all up on Sunday, May…

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Twenty years ago my best friend Suzy married a sweetheart of a guy.  His name is Ron.  Earlier this spring, I asked folks to send me their favorite family recipes, and Ron was one of the first to share his.  His story goes like this: “Here’s the recipe for Syrian cookies (Ghak) that my Mom…

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“Happiness is like a butterfly.  The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.  But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) A sweet little something to softly think about on a Wednesday. Wishing you a beautiful day. Love, Nora

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And what a beautiful morning it is in my old hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut  – more specifically this historic part of town – Greenfield Hill. I’m driving the back roads home to Newtown from down county and I’m in love with what I see.  The assorted trees that line the roads (primarily Dogwoods) are just…

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